Colorado’s standardized testing, the CSAP, may be on its way out.
A group of Colorado legislators attempting to revise the CSAP agrees that such tests may not be the best measure of student and school success. The group would like to see end-of-course tests that are better tied to curriculum and college requirements, according a Denver Post article titled, Push to Fix CSAP Begins. Ultimately, whatever changes are decided upon must receive federal approval to ensure compliance with the No Child Left Behind law.
I agree that this type of testing certainly presents a very narrow definition of student success. Global skills are completely omitted from such tests. They also do not measure a student’s readiness for college. Colleges do not even use CSAP test scores when considering admission criteria. Ritter’s three-year reform plan, which includes talk of giving college credit for high CSAP scores, sounds like a more rounded look at how our education system if faring.